Universal Soldier Day Of Reckoning details
|Formats:||18 DVD, Blu-ray|
|Starring:||Jean-Claude Van Damme, Dolph Lundgren|
Universal Soldier Day Of Reckoning
|Rental release:||11 Feb 2013|
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Universal So-direBy a customer , 28 Feb 2013
[Highly rated reviewer]Just Awful. I thought this might be a reboot of the franchise or, at worst, one of JCVD's straight-to-DVD movies that are a canny-old-yarn to pass a couple of hourse. Poorly directed, badly ewritten and terribly acted a complete waste of time. AVOID
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Not goodBy a customer , 26 Nov 2013Not that good film....and most shame as no subtitles in that film cos I'm deaf and ...all dvd should put in details if have or no subtitles!
A film with ultra-violenceBy LING0 (79 reviews) from Conwy , 28 Oct 2013
THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS Show review anywayHideFortunately I'm not a die-hard Universal Soldier fan and have only ever seen the first movie and Regeneration. However even I was confused as to why Luc Deveraux is now a Bond-esque villain cameo-ing his way through this like a roundhouse kicking Colonel Kurtz. Indeed there is that similarity where John is on the trail of Deveraux to kill him a la Willard and Kurtz. And old Dolph looks like he turned up for 2 hours work before going back to bed! That said though the violence was intense and to be fair to Scott Adkins he put his MMA skills to good use, with plenty of snaps, cracks, and well, pops as well as bucket loads of blood. Forget the script or plot just go with the flow. John Hyams effort fells like it has jumped straight from the pages of a graphic novel and for that it gets a thumbs up. But what outweighs this is using Van Damme and Lundgren to package the whole thing when they're hardly in it! No doubt there will be another sequel
Jumped the shark.By a customer , 16 Oct 2013Disappointed in the story line. They've jumped the shark with this one as it went against everything that the original franchise stood for. The fight scenes were good, but a bit too much gore. Certainly not one to be watched with the family.
Very disappointingBy a customer , 16 Sep 2013Very disappointing. It was a slow and dark plot that was difficult to follow. Totally lacked the action, plot and continuity of the other movies in the franchise.
Surprisingly EntertainedBy Fenster (27 reviews) from Caterham , 11 Sep 2013I liked how brutal and unforgiving this movie is. I can see that it might go against the grain for a 'true' Universal Soldier fan though. It is almost as if the idea for a movie about a genetically engineered super soldier on a mission of vengeance was pitched But the filmmakers had to change tact and crowbar their story into the Universal Soldier franchise when the studio pointed out their idea had been done before... But not like this. This is gorily violent, hard and tense with no intention of walking softly over coveted territory in this rebirthed world of so called Universal Soldier. It is somewhat confusing at times and drives relentlessly onward without explanation or care for the series continuum. Not only does it bulldoze through the plot, technicalities and even the essence of its predecessors but it also has the gall to rely on them. It maintains elements of the original (and its more loyal sequels) very loosely, but as far as required and enough to cover the oddities that would make even less sense without the linked familiarity. As a standalone movie this would fail on the basis that too much is weirdly left unexplained (and it is too much like Universal Soldier). But as a sequel, if you hold no real affinity for what its stamping on, it does work and is entertaining in an old school action kind of way. There is hardly any dialogue and very little requirement for it. In a role that was fit for Arnie in his heyday or a beefed up Keanu Reeves, Scott Adkins carries the lead role very well. Overall I can see why US fans may not have appreciated the direction that John Hyams has taken with this (still can't be sure how or why Claude's role was reprised so antipodean). But for those that want to watch a lot of robotic stoicism, punishing weirdness, kickass moves and gory combat that been as delicately prised into this fading franchise like a hatchet brought to a surgical operation, then this will be enjoyed.